Daredevils race along frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake

Daredevils took to the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake in a bid to break speed records in a mile-long race.

Ice-adapted vehicles – including helicopters, lorries and motorbikes – soared along Lake Baikal in Russia for the second annual Baikal Mile.

The competition in the village of Maksimikha can reach temperatures of -40C and sees competitors race to break speed records for a variety of different vehicles.

This year saw a Mil Mi-171A2 medium twin-turbine helicopter set Russia’s one-mile speed record of 167mph at the minimum altitude of 65.6 feet.

Brice Hennebert – who created the Appaloosa motorbike which competed in the event – described the feeling of soaring along the ice as ‘a bit like going racing on the moon’.

Daredevils took to the frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake in a bid to break speed records in a mile-long race. Pictured: A Mil Mi-171A2 medium twin-turbine transport helicopter flying over Lake Baikal

The competition in the village of Maksimikha can reach temperatures of -40C. Pictured: A helicopter races a boat on the frozen lake

The competition in the village of Maksimikha can reach temperatures of -40C. Pictured: A helicopter races a boat on the frozen lake

The competition this year saw a Mil Mi-171A2 medium twin-turbine helicopter (pictured racing a motorbike) set Russia's one-mile speed record of 167mph at the minimum altitude of 65.6 feet

The competition this year saw a Mil Mi-171A2 medium twin-turbine helicopter (pictured racing a motorbike) set Russia’s one-mile speed record of 167mph at the minimum altitude of 65.6 feet 

A variety of ice-adapted vehicles - including helicopters and motorbikes - soared along Lake Baikal in Russia for the second annual Baikal Mile. Pictured: Some participants in the competition

A variety of ice-adapted vehicles – including helicopters and motorbikes – soared along Lake Baikal in Russia for the second annual Baikal Mile. Pictured: Some participants in the competition

A vintage car raced alongside two motorbikes in the mile-long race along the frozen surface of lake Baikal in Russia

A vintage car raced alongside two motorbikes in the mile-long race along the frozen surface of lake Baikal in Russia

He told industry magazine Superbike News: ‘I’m super excited and a bit lost at the same time as we have no idea what to expect. 

‘With just a few days before the flight, I’m focussing on the practical aspects, but I know this journey will be one of the most insane experiences of my life.’ 

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake and the biggest reservoir of fresh water on Earth.

Brice Hennebert - who created the Appaloosa motorbike which competed in the event - described the feeling of soaring along the ice as 'a bit like going racing on the moon'. Pictured: Some of the competitors on motorbikes

Brice Hennebert – who created the Appaloosa motorbike which competed in the event – described the feeling of soaring along the ice as ‘a bit like going racing on the moon’. Pictured: Some of the competitors on motorbikes

The lake is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume. Pictured: A specially-adapted vehicle soars along the frozen lake in the competition

The lake is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume. Pictured: A specially-adapted vehicle soars along the frozen lake in the competition 

The lake contains about one-fifth of the fresh water on Earth's surface, some 5,500 cubic miles. Pictured: Some of the competitors of the one-mile long annual race

The lake contains about one-fifth of the fresh water on Earth’s surface, some 5,500 cubic miles. Pictured: Some of the competitors of the one-mile long annual race

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